Running for county mayor again, Alex Penelas snags Miami-Dade’s top donor (so far)
Last month, Miami healthcare mogul Mike Fernandez wrote a $100,000 check to the political committee that Alex Penelas hopes will get him elected county mayor again.
Former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas and his wife, Lilliam, pose at a 2015 event. Out of public life since leaving office in 2004, Penelas is preparing to run for mayor again in 2020.
The April 10 donation to Penelas’ Bold Vision committee makes Fernandez the largest single donor so far in the 2020 race for Miami-Dade mayor, according to a Miami Herald review of campaign filings. With 15 months to go until the first votes are cast for a successor to term-limited Carlos Gimenez, official and unofficial candidates are raising money to prepare for a contest that’s sure to set new records for political spending in Miami-Dade.
So far, the contender with the most money in the bank is County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, one of the two candidates who have actually filed for the 2020 mayoral race. The other is a former county commissioner, Juan C. Zapata. Out of office since 2016, Zapata has not made a splash with fundraising. As of May 1, his campaign account had $23,000 in donations and Zapata said he had not yet formed a political committee for the race.